If the Netflix original series “Last Chance U” has helped anybody, it’s helped Brittany Wagner. The academic advisor with a heart of gold has seen her profile skyrocket from obscurity to beloved commodity over the course of two seasons.
After leaving her position at East Mississippi Community College at the end of season two, she opened her own student-athlete academic advisory company named “10 Thousand Pencils.”
That doesn’t mean she isn’t available for hire, though. Wagner has agreed to become the academic counselor to student-athletes at Madison Heights High School in Detroit, Michigan.
Wagner will continue to manage her own company, and will work remotely in both capacities.
The Detroit News is reporting that the Wagner will work with teachers and administrators at the school to put a program in place that will help student-athletes meet academic requirements to compete athletically.
“Last winter when I watched the first season I really just started to see that a lot of the kids from East Mississippi Community College, a lot of them have similar backgrounds to a lot of our kids,” said Randy Speck, superintendent of Madison District Public Schools. “One of the things that spoke to me was (Wagner’s) background isn’t necessarily the same as these kids, but she found a way to connect with them”
Wagner worked at EMCC for eight years before deciding to leave to start her own venture. Throughout the second season of the series, she grows increasingly frustrated by her work and a perceived lack of appreciation for what she does.
A strained relationship with coach Buddy Stephens appears to have been the straw that broke the camels back.
It is unclear whether the series will return to EMCC for a third season, or shift to another school. Coach Stephens has indicated that he would welcome the cameras back to the campus. However, with Wagner gone, along with a number of other coaches, intrigue might have waned in following EMCC.
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